Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

REVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham - Cendera Center, Fort Worth, TX


Lindsey Buckingham  - Cendera Center, Fort Wort, TX August 24, 2012
By Ron Dempesmeier
Classic Rock Revisited

When you are a voice and a songwriter inside a big machine like Fleetwood Mac, you must feel somewhat anxious to stretch out and impress the world with your own voice. Lindsey Buckingham may have felt like an equal, but he’s been the first among equals when it comes to his influence on the production and arrangements of the mighty Mac. Although his former paramour Stevie Nicks has had the far more popular solo career, the more experimental and technically impressive songs have graced Buckingham’s solo albums.

Appearing in a black leather jacket, black v-neck shirt and dark blue jeans with his still unruly hair (although higher on the forehead), Mr. Buckingham’s lean physique was practically wired as he unleashed cascading torrents of arpeggios and searing solos on the more aggressive songs. There was nearly a standing ovation after each song – the audience at the Cendera Center was into his music and his instrumental and vocal prowess.

His set featured a lot of recent selections from his later solo albums like 2006’s “Under the Skin” or last year’s home recorded “Seeds We Sow”. “Cast Away Dreams” started the evening off peacefully enough with delicate finger picking and yearning lyrics. “Bleed to Love Her” ended with a very long solo that got the audience primed to rock. When Buckingam performed “Not Too Late” his constant picking pattern became almost a pure glissando as he ruminated about his solo career in comparison to belonging to Fleetwood Mac.

Continue to the full review

Setlist:
  • Cast Away Dreams
  • Bleed to Love Her
  • Not Too Late
  • Stephanie
  • Come
  • Shut Us Down
  • Go Insane
  • Never Going Back Again
  • Big Love
  • I'm So Afraid
  • Go Your Own Way

Encore:
  • Trouble
  • Rock Away Blind
  • Seeds We Sow

Review: Lindsey Buckingham Live in Green Bay, WI 8/28

Lindsey Buckingham Live - Meyer Theatre, Green Bay, WI 8/28
Yellowdogpatrol.com

"It takes a lot to awe me.  Celebrities don't impress me.  They never have.  But tonight, I was awed.  Hearing Buckingham's screams above the mic made me realize that this was Lindsey Buckingham in our little town.  Lindsey Buckingham!  The man that wrote all of those songs, produced all of those albums, and cranked out what has turned out to be a soundtrack that has played in the background for a good chunk of my life. Wow."

Continue to the full review

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

STEVIE NICKS booked to perform at Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai Gala Nov 13th

Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai celebrates 55 years! Taking place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the star-studded event features a cocktail reception, dinner + special performance by Stevie Nicks! Honorees include Wendy + Leonard Goldberg (“Hollywood Icon” Award) + six Women’s Guild past presidents who will be honored with Legacy Awards. Proceeds from the gala will help fund its $20 million dollar pledge to the Women's Guild Lung Institute, the largest facility of its kind in the Western U.S.

Date:  November 13, 2012
Place: Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA
Host: LL Cool J
Performance by: Stevie Nicks
Tickets: Starting price $750, Call (323) 904-4400. www.womensguildcs.org.

Lindsey Buckingham Walked a Thin Line in Chicago + Fort Worth Recap

Lindsey Buckingham sells out McKinney Performing Arts Center August 23, 2012
By Allen Rich
North Texas E-News
Aug 28, 2012

McKinney -- Every seat in McKinney Performing Arts Center was filled August 23, and for a very good reason. Lindsey Buckingham, the driving force behind Fleetwood Mac was in town for a solo performance.

Buckingham, a member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time and the audience in McKinney had an intimate glimpse at the unique finger-picking style that has become this man's calling card.

This wasn't a Fleetwood Mac concert, replete with soft piano and subtle harmonies. This was the sheer unleashed genius of Lindsey Buckingham, one of the most innovative forces in rock and roll in the period between Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Kobain. None of that was lost on the standing-room-only crowd at McKinney Performing Arts Center as an appreciative audience showered Buckingham with standing ovations throughout the concert.

Continue to the full review


Lindsey Buckingham Live in Fort Worth, TX August 24, 2012
at Cendera Center

No reviews for this show... But Lindsey slid in "Rock Away Blind" to the set (by audience request) saying "they keep asking me to play this damn song!"  Even though he was reluctant and unprepared to play the song - it sounded great!

11 Photos by Cendera Center - Facebook

Lindsey Buckingham Live in Chicago August 26 & 27, 2012
Lindsey walked a thin line during the second show at City Winery in Chicago last night (August 27th). Not one, but two requests were fulfilled by Lindsey playing a few lines of the Tusk song "Walk a Thin Line" - which from the short video clip I've seen, sounded really amazing!  Even though it was only a couple of lines from the song, I think this was the first time its ever been played live!  PLUS he played "Rock Away Blind" at the second show.

WALK A THIN LINE CLIP
ROCK AWAY BLIND

Photo by @Cind75

Review: Lindsey Buckingham @ Chicago's City Winery 
By Dan Snedigar
Gapers Block

The Chicago outpost of New York's City Winery has sort of been slowly rolling out the welcome mat over the past three weeks with a flurry of soft-opening and press events, a week's worth of Lewis Black shows, and a few musical acts to break in the venue. Last night, the second of two sold-out shows by legendary guitarist Lindsey Buckingham provided a great opportunity to really see how the new venue is settling into Chicago's musical landscape.

Buckingham, who will always be inextricably known for his contributions to Fleetwood Mac, opened his show talking about balance, and the contrast between what he called "the big machine" (Fleetwood Mac) and "the small machine", that being his solo efforts, and ultimately, this truly solo tour with just him and guitar in the stage lights. While it's easy to roll your eyes at a "small machine" that still apparently needs to employ no less than a dozen guitars, nine amps and cabinets and a dedicated guitar tech, ultimately, Buckingham has a point. Buckingham is responsible for many of Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits, and his solo performances offer a chance to see these songs, as well as those from other periods of his musical life, in an elemental state, absent most of Fleetwood Mac's accumulated baggage and any stadium bombast. Buckingham can rightfully claim to be one of rock's greatest guitarists, employing a truly singular finger-picking technique that gives him an extremely unique sound. On most of the night's songs, such as "Bleed to Love Her" and "Go Your Own Way," Buckingham's finger picking-style drove the songs, offering well-crafted, straightforward takes. Only occasionally did he seem the arena rock star, as on "Come" where he created an extended loop, then deftly segued into a solo over the playback, or on "I'm So Afraid" where he employed a backing track and launched into a lengthy jam. Clearly, there were some die-hard fans in attendance, and the hushed and reasonably sedate crowd proved the perfect audience, and Buckingham's solo show the perfect act, for City Winery's set up.

Full article at Gapers Block

City Winery, Lindsey Buckingham highlight both sides
By Thomas Conner
Chicago Sun Times

There are two ways of looking at Chicago's new West Loop restaurant and music venue, City Winery, just as there are two ways of looking at the fact that Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham performed there this week.

Seeing Buckingham in this setting was similarly both worrying and revelatory.

At first, it screamed cautionary tale. As he himself admitted Monday, the second of a two-night stand at City Winery, his now-lengthy chain of solo tours have whittled down from a 10-piece band to just this current incarnation: Lindsey alone, with just a rack of guitars, a few occasional backing tracks and his many O-faces for company. Watching this mega-selling mega-talent take such an intimate stage -- surrounded by people eating paella balls and sipping cab franc -- was at first like discovering a great actor reduced to doing dinner theater in Florida.

But, as in our interview last year, Buckingham on Monday sermonized from the stage about the relative virtues of the "big machine" (Fleetwood Mac, which is making noise about another reunion next year) and the "small machine" (the eponymous albums and tours). He referred to the latter as a "strange little experiment," despite the fact he's managed to produce three solo albums (plus two live sets) in the last six years -- without the band's trademark hijacking of his material. He still worries about "feeling unseen" ("Not Too Late"), but he's determined to keep powering the little machine until it makes a noise that can at least be heard above the grinding gears of his bread-and-butter factory.

Read the full review at Chicago Sun Times

Lindsey Buckingham at City Winery Chicago | Review and photos
by Joshua Klein
Time Out Chicago

With the massive success of Fleetwood Mac hovering over his head, it took a couple of decades for Lindsey Buckingham’s status as an honest to goodness grade-A auteur to sink in. Sure, he always earned and deserved credit for revitalizing the British blues band as a Cali rock force, but despite the considerable talents of his cohorts, somewhere along the line Buckingham became the least expendable member of the bunch, his vision vital to keeping the group focused even when it sometimes seemed to be sending it off track. That’s one reason why the wayward but wondrous Tusk (with its curious “special thanks from the band to Lindsey Buckingham” credit) has become many fans’ dark horse favorite: What was once misread as indulgence turned out to be innovation, and Buckingham hasn’t really taken the safe route since.

Admittedly, Buckingham’s perfectionist tendencies do a great job disguising, if not suppressing, the strange, which is why catching him live is a unique opportunity to see his numerous hits, misses and never-had-a-shots stripped down to their essence, often remodulated by the master outside of their more familiar studio contexts. Indeed, watching Lindsey Buckingham—tan, fit and in strong voice at 62—perform a solo set at the City Winery Sunday night, the first of two shows, it was remarkable how much he was able to bring across with just his voice and guitar, minus most of the fussy (albeit cool) Baroque ornamentation that has marked Buckingham’s work both within and without Fleetwood Mac. 

Continue to the full review


Concert and Venue Review: Lindsey Buckingham Live at City Winery (Sunday, 8/26/12 in Chicago)
By JimRyan
Chicago Now

Starting out the show, Buckingham took a moment to offer a few words on why this show would be different from what he dubbed "The Big Machine" (AKA Fleetwood Mac).  On Sunday, "The Small Machine" consisted of Buckingham, a bevy of guitars, the occasional drum machine loop and a tech that earned his keep tuning guitars at a frantic pace at the foot of the stage, trading them off to Buckingham following literally every song of the seventy-five minute set.  I lost track of whether Lindsey actually played a different guitar on every song...  But he definitely switched guitars following every song.  Solid body acoustics, electric acoustics... you name it and it was probably played by Lindsey Buckingham Sunday night.

As what I've always considered to be the true creative force behind Fleetwood Mac's finest moments, Buckingham somehow remains an extremely underrated guitarist.  He's one of my all-time favorite players and his finger-picking skills were on full display at City Winery.

There are times during a solo Lindsey Buckingham set where you could close your eyes and envision about three guitarists performing in front of you.  And yet, you open them to find only one man responsible for the rhythm, melody and notes enveloping your senses. 

Continue to the full review

Monday, August 27, 2012

Fleetwood Mac's "25 Years - The Chain" box set goes Top 5 in New Zealand!


 NEW ZEALAND - Week ending August 27, 2012
Fleetwood Mac's newly re-released boxset "25 Years - The chain" released again in New Zealand on August 10th entering the charts at #29 on August 20th explodes this week moving up to #5.  This gives Fleetwood Mac it's 11th top 10 album in New Zealand since Rumours

TOP 40 ALBUMS CHART 
# 5 (29) Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years - The chain (box set)

AUSTRALIA - Week ending August 27, 2012
TOP 100 ALBUMS CHART 
# 85 (73) Fleetwood Mac – The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac

TOP 40 MUSIC DVD CHART
# 10 (6) Fleetwood Mac - The Dance

TOP 50 CATALOGUE CHART
# 13 (11) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 17 (15) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac

UK - Week of September 1, 2012
Fleetwood Mac's box set "25 Years - The Chain" hangs on for it's 11th week on the UK chart moving down to #99.

TOP 100 ALBUMS CHART
# 99 (85) Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years - The chain (box set)

IRELAND - Week ending August 23, 2012 
TOP 100 ALBUMS CHART 
# 63 (59) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 83 (60) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours





FLEETWOOD MAC FRIDAY on New Zealand's The Sound 8/31



The Sound (New Zealand)

Join The Sound all day this Friday, August 31, 2012 as they spotlight Fleetwood Mac - a band regarded as one of the greatest in rock history - they're also giving you the chance to win the newly re-released 4 CD Box Set – “25 Years - The Chain”.

Warner Music Catalogue releases a re-formatted version of Fleetwood Mac 25 Years: The Chain. The boxed set includes four CDs covering the history of the band from its formation in 1967 up to 1992 and features studio tracks, remixes and live recordings from the band's first 25 years together; including the massive hits Dreams, Everywhere, Go Your Own Way, Rhiannon, Sara, The Chain, Little Lies and Don't Stop.

The package will feature the same artwork and audio as the original release but the new format will be a fatpack, with a high gloss slipcase, 4CDs and a 68 page booklet.

ENTER HERE

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fleetwood Mac's "25 Years - The Chain" box set Re-Released in New Zealand


Re-Released by Warner - August 10, 2012

Fleetwood Mac's 25 Years The Chain box set was re-released in New Zealand August 10, 2012.  The box set debuts this week at #29 on New Zealands Top 40 Albums Chart.

This four disc best of was originally released in 1992 to celebrate 25 years of Fleetwood Mac music. With the announcement of them going on a world tour again a few weeks ago, the collection has been re-released globally, getting to number 9 on the UK charts recently - This week in New Zealand the album debuts at # 29 on the Top 40 Albums Chart. 

The boxed set includes four CDs covering the history of the band from its formation in 1967 up to 1992 and features studio tracks, remixes and live recordings from the band's first 25 years together; including the massive hits Dreams, Everywhere, Go Your Own Way, Rhiannon, Sara, The Chain, Little Lies and Don't Stop.

The package will feature the same artwork and audio as the original release but the new format will be a fatpack, with a high gloss slipcase, 4CDs and a 68 page booklet.

A superb, value for money package!

Album of the Week at Coast Timeless Music.  LISTEN AND WIN

Buy the boxset at JB Hi-Fi


Track listing:

CD 1
1. "Paper Doll" (Stevie Nicks, Rick Vito, John Herron) † – 3:56
2. "Love Shines" (Christine McVie, Eddy Quintela) † – 4:48
3. "Stand Back"* (live - Recorded at The Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, 12/12/1987) (Nicks) – 5:00
4. "Crystal" (Nicks) – 5:09
5. "Isn't It Midnight" (alternate mix) (C McVie, Quintela, Lindsey Buckingham) – 4:02
6. "Big Love" (Buckingham) – 3:39
7. "Everywhere" (C McVie) – 3:43
8. "Affairs of the Heart" (Nicks) – 4:20
9. "Heart of Stone" (C McVie, Quintela) † – 4:39
10. "Sara" (full-length version) (Nicks) – 6:26
11. "That's All for Everyone" (Buckingham) – 3:02
12. "Over My Head" (C McVie) – 3:34
13. "Little Lies" (C McVie, Quintela) – 3:38
14. "Eyes of the World" (Buckingham) – 3:42
15. "Oh Diane" (Buckingham, Richard Dashut) – 2:33
16. "In the Back of My Mind" (Billy Burnette, David Malloy) – 7:00
17. "Make Me a Mask" (Buckingham) † – 4:02
* Originally recorded by Nicks solo and released as the lead single from second studio album The Wild Heart

Friday, August 24, 2012

FLEETWOOD MAC Back on Billboards Top 200 Albums Chart... Sort of

BILLBOARD TOP 200 ALBUMS CHART

Just Tell Me That You Want Me, the new Tribute to Fleetwood Mac album debuted at #45 on Billboards Top 200 Albums Chart this week with sales of 8,029 units in the United States. The album also debuts at #39 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #15 on the Top Rock Albums Chart, #67 on the Top 200 Digital Albums chart and #34 on the Top 50 Internet Albums Chart.

# 15 - Top 25 Rock Albums Chart
# 45 - Top 200 Albums Chart
# 34 - Top 50 Internet Albums Chart
# 39 - Top 200 Current Albums Chart
# 67 - Topo 200 Digital Albums Chart

TOP 200 CATALOGUE ALBUMS CHART:
On other US charts, Fleetwood Mac have four (4) titles maintaining a presence on this weeks Top 200 Catalogue Albums. 

1988's GREATEST HITS moves up to #83 from #90 last week with total sales of 2,001 units vs 1,893 the previous week. Of the 2,001, Digital sales amounted to 1,415. Total US sales since November, 1991 = 4,579,523.

1977's RUMOURS moves down one place this week to #92 but increases in sales by 2% with 1,928 units sold for the week vs 1,891 the previous week. Of the 1,928, Digital sales amounted to 1,075. Since November, 1991 the album has sold 2,984,146 units in the US.

1975's FLEETWOOD MAC moves up to #116 from #130 last week with a 5% increase in sales to a total of 1,682 units sold for the week vs 1,599 the previous week. Of the 1,682 units sold, 1,364 were Physical album sales.  Total US sales since November, 1991 = 865,475.

2002's THE VERY BEST OF moves down to #141 this week from #112 last week.  Total US sales for the week were 1,557 vs 1,688. All 1,557 US sales were physical album purchases, as the album isn't available digitally in the US.  Total US sales for the double CD set to date is 1,506,828.  By crossing the 1.5 million in sales mark, the album now qualifies to be certified for 3 x Platinum in the US.  Because it's a double album, each cd in the set is counted towards certification, so for every sale, its like 2 albums are sold.

TOP 200 CATALOGUE ALBUMS CHART:
# 83 (90) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 92 (91) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 116(130)Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
# 141(112)Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

TOP 200 CATALOGUE PHYSICAL ALBUMS CHART
# 61 (28) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of
# 87 (74) Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

TOP 200 CATALOGUE DIGITAL ALBUMS CHART 
# 35 (52) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 61 (78) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours


Photos: Fleetwood's on Front Street Grand Opening

FLEETWOOD'S ON FRONT STREET
GRAND OPENING
August 23, 2012: Mick Fleetwood's new restaurant on Maui celebrated it's Grand Opening last night in Lahaina. Fleetwood's opening was in support of one of Mick's charities Childhelp. 

Pictured: Rick Vito, Mick Fleetwood, Steven Tyler, Johnny Lang and Willie K.  Also in attendance (pictured below) was Mick's wife Lynn. 





2 Photos below taken by Cindy Clark via Twitter

Below: Folks outside the restaurant on Front Street can be seen watching what's going on inside from a monitor hanging outside the building.

Photo by: Ryan Stevens via Twitter
"Dream On" - Willie K, Mick Fleetwood, Steven Tyler and Jerry

Reviews x 3 Lindsey Buckingham Live in McKinney

Lindsey Buckingham unleashes a torrent of potent solo and Fleetwood Mac songs during one-man show
By Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News

McKINNEY – It only took Lindsey Buckingham two songs to unleash a torrent of potency that would immediately color his one-man concert performance in dramatic shades of red and black.

He was singing “Bleed to Love Her,” a track from Fleetwood Mac’s 2003 album Say You Will, and his voice was an intense series of whispers and screams. His guitar work was at once menacing and delicate, an intricate pastiche that amazed at every turn.

Buckingham delivered 13 numbers during 75 minutes Thursday night at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, a courthouse converted into a venue with impressive acoustics. His intimate turn onstage touched on some of his Mac contributions as well as material from four of his solo albums.

"Buckingham turned just about every song he played inside out"

Great Review!!  Continue to the full version here... Includes a couple of great shots of Lindsey.

Review: Lindsey Buckingham at McKinney Performing Arts Center
By Robert Philpot
Photo by: Laura Smetak
McKINNEY -- All too often, when an artist familiar from a band context puts on a one-man (or -woman) show, it's a pleasant but ordinary experience: The songs done more quietly, probably acoustically, but not changed all that much from their original incarnation.

Lindsey Buckingham is too much of a risk-taker for that, and in a relatively brief but exhilarating concert Thursday at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, Buckingham -- accompanied solely by his raft of guitars and a few effects -- turned the whole idea of "quiet one-man show" on its head.


"The closing guitar solo on the latter-day Fleetwood Mac song
 Come was brain-frying in the best way"

Another great Review + Photos! Check it out in full at DFW.com

Review: Lindsey Buckingham proves his worth as one of world’s greatest guitarists
by Angie Bado

MCKINNEY — "Awesome, amazing, and fantastic" were some of the adjectives that I heard from fans as they left the McKinney Performing Arts Center following Lindsey Buckingham's performance there Thursday night.

Buckingham, who graced the stage before a packed house, has still got it. The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter has won numerous accolades and awards over the course of his lengthy career. He's best known as guitarist and male lead singer for Fleetwood Mac and as a solo performer. And on Thursday, he held the audience captive from the first note, as he opened with "Cast Away Dreams."

"Yes, Buckingham is still all that and a bag of chips"


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review: Lindsey Buckingham Austin, TX via @rollingstone

Lindsey Buckingham Brings 'Small Machine' to Austin
Fleetwood Mac guitarist thrills Antone's crowd in solo show
By CHAD SWIATECKI

Roughly 40 minutes into a revealing, intimate show at Austin blues club Antone's on Wednesday, Lindsey Buckingham essentially dared his audience not to sing with him. Teasing the opening of the undeniable Fleetwood Mac hit "Never Going Back Again" on his eighth different guitar of the night, Buckingham sang the song's opening line in a voice so faint atop finger picking so precise that any crowd accompaniment would've crushed the moment.

The fans recognized this, and they stayed hushed as the song built to a winding, Graham Nash-ian guitar solo, reaching its high point with Buckingham belting out reworked lines – "been down three times!" – before settling into the familiar sing-along chorus.

"Buckingham showed that his "small machine" moments can be some of the most thrilling and satisfying of his career."

Great review by Rollingstone Magazine... Get the full review at Rollingstone Magazine + photos by Scott Wade.


Video + 57 Photos: Lindsey Buckingham Antone's - Austin, TX 8/22

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM
Antone's, Austin,TX 8/22/12

Never Going Back Again


57 PHOTOS BY NATHAN MALONE

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

2012 Tour Stats Update: Stevie Nicks & Rod Stewart

2012 STEVIE NICKS TOUR STATS
Updated this week adding the Houston show August 9th to the list.
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LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM "rarely misses the opportunity to leave your jaw dangling"





LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM at McKinney Arts Center, McKinney, TX (Aug 23) ** SOLD OUT
By Michele Stevens Bernard
Townsquarebuzz

This concert with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has been sold out for weeks. Selected by the Dallas Morning News as the concert of the month in the metroplex, Lindsey will be rocking the Courtroom Theater stage to a packed house at the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Thursday night.  Lindsey, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (with Fleetwood Mac), has won countless awards, selling out venues around the world and helping define the sound of rock for the last three decades. We're excited to have him performing in McKinney. Rock On!

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM at Cendera Center, Fort Worth, TX (Aug 24)
DFW.com

These days, Lindsey Buckingham seems to prefer the quiet storms. His solo output, including last year's effort, Seeds We Sow, leans heavily on finger-picked acoustic guitar and hushed, intimate vocals, which can build to a low boil. Not that his days in Fleetwood Mac were legendary for their bombast (well, perhaps his contributions to Tusk), but the legendarily intense Buckingham has mellowed into an introspective singer-songwriter with an affinity for left-field sonics. He'll be served well by the cozy Cendera Center and its terrific acoustics. This current solo jaunt helps Buckingham pass the time before a reported Fleetwood Mac reunion, set for next year. GET TICKETS

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM at Cendera Center, Fort Worth, TX (Aug 24)
By Chris Parker
Dallas Observer

Buckingham doesn't get enough credit for how his mid-'70s addition transformed Fleetwood Mac, with too much of it flowing to his one-time paramour Stevie Nicks. The band hit their apogee on the new lineup's first three albums together — Fleetwood Mac, Rumours and Tusk — before speeding downhill during the '80s. A tremendous producer who loves to ladle on the layers, Buckingham is an equally gifted pop craftsman and guitarist with an adventurous streak. This latter characteristic is particularly applicable to his latest album, Seeds We Sow. Its raw, largely acoustic home-studio vibe is surprisingly understated, allowing the complexity of his playing and lyrical poignancy to possess the whole stage.  GET TICKETS


LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM at City Winery, Chicago, IL (Aug 26 & 27) ** SOLD OUT
By Thomas Conner
Chicago Sun Times

Fleetwood Mac is making noise about another reunion next year, and another new indie-rock tribute album to the '70s supergroup is out now. Meanwhile, the band's creative center and superfluously talented guitarist keeps making the rounds, playing some of the Mac hits in among his own intricate, edgy solo material. He rarely misses the opportunity to leave your jaw dangling. Bonus: It's one of the first shows at this swank, new West Loop venue.   At 8 p.m. Aug. 26-27 at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph. Tickets: $80-100. Call (312) 733-WINE; citywinery.com/chicago.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Des Moines Contest... Win Lindsey Buckingham Tickets

Not sure how much more vague they can be on the parameters of this contest... Not sure when it started... Or when it ends... but it sounds like it's multiple pairs of tickets up for grabs, with the grand prize being a meet and great before the show... Good Luck! 

Here's the details:

Des Moines, IA Contest... 
Win Lindsey Buckingham Tickets + VIP Meet & Greet Tickets

95 KGGO welcomes, an intimate evening, with Lindsey Buckingham to Hoyt Sherman Place on Saturday September 1st.  Listen for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.  Then all winners will qualify for the Grand Prize of a pair of EXCLISIVE VIP TICKETS and be able to meet Lindsey before the show.  Lindsey Buckingham LIVE at Hoyt Sherman Place September 1st from 95 KGGO the Station for the Concerts. 

Create An Artful Tribute To The Songs of Fleetwood Mac


Creative Allies have come up with a contest worth a $500 cash reward + 10 give-aways of the album "Just Tell Me That You want Me a Tribute To Fleetwood Mac"... Here's the blub:


Create An Artful Tribute To The Songs of Fleetwood Mac
To commemorate the release of the tribute album Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac, we want YOU to create an original illustration or artwork inspired by the song titles from the album.

This is not a page layout contest, we're looking for inspiring creative art that's good enough to hang on a wall. One design will win $500 and ten other entrants will receive a copy of this amazing new album.

The 17-song collection of Fleetwood Mac covers breaks new ground with adventurous reinterpretations and new perspectives on these classic songs. We're looking for artwork that does the same.

Things You Need To Include
  • Be original, not literal.
  • Your design should be inspired by the song titles.
  • Optional Text: You can include the album title "Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac".
Things You Should Avoid
  • DO NOT include the word or lyrics of the songs in your art.
  • DO NOT use stock images or clip art. Absolutely no photos.
  • DO NOT use photographs of any of the bands or Fleetwood Mac themselves.
  • DO NOT use the album art.
  • Avoid creating illustrations that feel like an advertisement.
  • DO NOT use band names in your design.
DEADLINE: September 30, 2012 11:59 P.M. PDT

Continue to Creativeallies.com for all the details on the contest.. Should be interesting what people come up with given you can't use images, photos or lyrics and words.

Fleetwood Mac Spread in Today's LA Times + Reviews of 2 Lindsey Buckingham Shows

There is a half Page Fleetwood Mac spread in today's L.A. Times (August 21, 2012) in the Calendar section, page D3 titled "Back To Mac"

On-line the article is titled:
Fleetwood Mac is summer listening with pop and heft
Fleetwood Mac albums last. So listen. You can also read about one ('Making Rumours' by Ken Caillat) and listen to tributes ('Just Tell Me That You Want Me').

You can read the full article on the L.A. Times Music Blog











LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM
Front Page of The Orange Leader

Today's front page of The Orange Leader features a review of Lindsey's show at The Lutcher Theater on Sunday, August 19, 2012.  Great shot of him too!


Lindsey Buckingham opens Lutcher Theater season in rocking fashion
The Orange Leader (Orange, TX)
By Tommy Mann Jr.

ORANGE — Lindsey Buckingham may have performed a solo showcase Sunday night, but the Lutcher Theater rocked from start to finish. 

Lindsey Buckingham, the well-known singer, songwriter, musician and member of Fleetwood Mac, opened the 2012-2013 season with a concert inside the Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts in Orange, Texas. 

The talented performer, listed as the 100th best guitarist in the world by Rolling Stone magazine, dazzled fans in attendance with his powerful, and still impressive, vocals and his even more impressive fingerpicking guitar skills. The large crowd featured fans from as far away as San Antonio, Texas, and Lafayette, La., as well as many local and area patrons, such as Mark and Caroline Crawford of Lake Charles, La., who made their first-ever trip to the Lutcher Theater.

FULL REVIEW


HOT OFF THE HOUSTON PRESS:
Lindsey Buckingham at Fitzgerald's - August 20, 2012
By Christina Lynn
Houston Press

It was a packed house Monday night at Fitzgerald's when Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham took the stage, albeit this time with a very "small machine:" Himself. No bells or whistles, just him and mostly his guitar.

Buckingham began the evening with the beautiful "Cast Away Dreams" before launching into the newer Fleetwood Mac classic "Bleed To Love Her." Though the song was rather harmonious as is, I couldn't help but hum along in my head Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie's parts as heard on the original recording.

Continue to the full review at Houston Press (includes photos by Jim Bricker)

Monday, August 20, 2012

2 More Sell-Outs for Lindsey Buckingham - Stevie Nicks Toein the Line

Lindsey's 2 shows at City Winery Chicago August 26th and 27th including Meet and Greets are now completely sold out!  

These two new sell outs gives Lindsey a total of 7 shows since July 26th that have sold out well in advance of showtime, where if you went to the website selling the tickets, it either indicated sold out, or there were no seats left to choose from.  It's also entirely possible that other venues have sold out right at the last minute.  Not sure what this is attributed to, whether hitting these towns during the summer makes all the difference, or if it's because he's hitting markets he's largely never been to lately, the size of the venue or if it's just straight up good promotion on the part of the venue and his team - or all of the above.  Certainly the great ticket prices help!  In any case... GOOD FOR HIM! His tour runs through September 8th in Rama, Ontario Canada, which should end up being the largest audience yet on this tour... Nice send off!  

There are still Tickets available for multiple Lindsey shows HERE!  Don't miss him and his stable of guitars... He's reportedly back with Fleetwood Mac next year and it could be awhile before he's back out on his own again.


Stevie's not doing so bad herself, aside from the big shows with Rod Stewart this summer where big crowds were guaranteed she's managed a couple of solo sell outs herself in advance. The smaller more intimate venues are a no brainer to see her show and tickets move quickly it seems. The Beacon in NYC and The Niagra Falls show were two examples of shows that sold out well in advance of their date. Most of the venues she's used to playing in have been considerably larger then what Lindsey's been playing with the ticket price to match.  Its cool that she's adjusting down a bit to a smaller venue in some cities.  Even though some of her top ticket prices are a real commitment from fans she still manages to move a ton of tickets in a short amount of time where other artists of her caliber would have to put the show on sale months in advance.  That's how you know you have confidence in your audience when you can announce a show a month and a half ahead of time with top ticket prices and still manage a sizable crowd. 

Stevie has 5 shows coming up, next month, two of which were just announced within the last couple of weeks.  Her show in Thackerville, OK on September 21st at WinStar World Resorts was announced quite some time ago and there are literally only 9 tickets left!  Most of which are single seats!!  So grab those if you can!  Ticketmaster 

The show in St. Augustine, Florida on September 25th which was just announced a couple of weeks ago and went on sale August 17th is well on it's way to selling out. Seats still available at the back of the theatre on both levels.  These are perfect venues to see live acts in, there really isn't a bad seat in the house even if you are near the back.  And the sound is incredible compared to the big arena shows... St. Augustine Tickets are here at Ticketmaster.

Estero, Florida on September 27th goes on sale this Friday August 24th 10am at Ticketmaster.  So far no pre-sale has been announced for this show that I know of so the bulk of tickets should be available come 10am Friday AM.  Get Ready!  Ticketmaster

Two other shows where Stevie will be performing with other performers include Voices in The Park in Stanley Park in Vancouver Canada September 15th.  She's there along with Sarah McLachlan Bryan Adams, Jann Arden and others (and singing with Don Henley the night prior at a private function).  Hope it doesn't rain.  Still a few seated area seats left. Not sure what the limit is on the general admission area behind the seats, but it should be an entertaining evening if you are in Vancouver, plus it's for a really good cause.  Get tickets at Ticketmaster

The New Orleans show on September 22nd is presented by AARP and performers include Stevie Nicks, Gladys Knight and Melissa Etheridge.  There appears to be plenty of seats left for this show, but I believe it's at the tail end of a AARP convention being held in New Orleans and there will likely be a lot of last minute ticket buying.  Secure your seats today on Ticketmaster.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM Live at the Lutcher >> 4 More Texas Shows This Week!

 Lindsey Buckingham - Lutcher Theater, Orange, TX August 19, 2012


TEXAS SHOWS THIS WEEK....
August 20Houston, TXFitzgerald'sTicketsAvailable
August 22Austin, TXAntone'sTicketsSOLD OUT
August 23McKinney, TXMcKinney Arts CenterTicketsSOLD OUT
August 24Fort Worth, TXCendera CenterTicketsAvailable

Lindsey Live in New Orleans 8/17/12
Photos by edlashleyphotography

Sunday, August 19, 2012

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It Happened: 15 Years Ago Today Fleetwood Mac released "The Dance"

Fleetwood Mac "The Dance" Released 15 Years Ago Today

August 19, 1997 - Fleetwood Mac released The Dance on the 20th Anniversary of Rumours, and the 30th Anniversary of Fleetwood Mac. The ablum went on to become the fifth best selling live album of all time in the US. To date US sales alone total over 5 million copies. The Dance marks the first album to feature the most successful line-up of Fleetwood Mac since the release of Tango in The Night in 1987 and the first album by the band to top the US albums charts since 1982's Mirage.  The album debuted on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart September 6, 1997 with sales of 199,000.  It would spend the next 12 weeks inside the top 10 and would sell its first million copies in the US within 8 weeks.

The album contained three new tracks - Temporary One from Christine McVie, Bleed To Love Her from Lindsey Buckingham and Sweet Girl from Stevie Nicks.

Neal Preston Photos


It all began May 22, 1997 when the band reconvened in a Warner Bros. Studio soundstage in Burbank, California where over the course of two evenings (May 22nd and 23rd), The Dance was filmed before a live audience.  MTV began airing the special August 12th and one week later Reprise released the album on August 19th.  Warner Reprise released the VHS video version first on August 26th following the album release, then on DVD September 23, 1997.  To date The Dance video has been certified platinum.

The DVD version contained five exclusive tracks not found on the CD: Songbird, Gold Dust Woman, Gypsy, Over My Head and Go Insane.

With the release of The Dance, it not only delighting exsisting fans world wide, but we fell in love with them all over again.  Fans had all but given up on the classic line-up ever getting back together again.  The Dance also introduced the band, and was the entry point for many new fans of Fleetwood Mac - thanks in large part to the MTV and vh1 airings of The Dance and also in large part to the singles releases from the album including "Silver Springs" which was a Rumours cut originally slated for the album, but was cut at the last minute because of vinyl limitations only making it to the B-side of the Go Your Own Way single back in the 70's and later in 1992 on Fleetwood Mac's box set "25 Years - The Chain".  The tune was issued to pop, AC and Mainstream rock radio July 22, 1997 with "The Chain" following as a promotional only CD issued to radio August 4, 1997.  "Landslide" was released, remixed and reached as high as #51 on Billboards Top 100 Singles chart.


THE CHAIN
BLEED TO LOVE HER

Following the release, Fleetwood Mac mounted A huge 45 date US fall tour playing to sold out venues everywhere making this the first tour all 5 Rumours era members would be on stage together since 1982. It also marked the last tour with all five members as Christine McVie retired from the band in 1998.


THE DANCE - Photo Opp, Rehearsal & Interview
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PHOTOS & REVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham Live in New Orleans Aug 18th

Lindsey Buckingham performs at One Eyed Jacks
August 18, 2012, in New Orleans, LA.

Photos by: Erika Goldring

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Small club, 'small machine,' big sound: Lindsey Buckingham rocked solo at One Eyed Jacks
By Alison Fensterstock, The Times-Picayune

The stage at One Eyed Jacks Saturday night, in anticipation of Lindsey Buckingham, looked surprisingly bare. There was no forbidding security team, no extra sound personnel, no barriers at the stage’s edge, not even a chair by the microphone – just a spotlight and a couple of bottles of water. A rack of half a dozen very nice guitars in the wings stage right was the only hint that the night’s featured entertainment was a bona fide rock legend, veteran of inaugural balls, multi-platinum albums and one of the most complicated and dramatic band soap operas in musical history.

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Steven Tyler and Friends to rock Fleetwood's Grand Opening

Steven Tyler and friends to rock Lahaina Aug. 23
Special big bash at Fleetwood’s a benefit for Childhelp on Maui
By JON WOODHOUSE
Maui News

After a soft opening on Aug. 2, Fleetwood's on Front St. is gearing up for a big bash. The restaurant owned by Fleetwood Mac's legendary drummer will host a series of grand opening benefit parties Wednesday through Aug. 25 featuring the Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band, with some celebrity guests jetting in for the occasion.

Probably the most eagerly anticipated event will see Aerosmith's charismatic lead vocalist, Steven Tyler joining his Fleetwood Mac mate, along with blues great Johnny Lang for some major rocking with the Island Rumours Band on Aug. 23.

The special concert on the 23rd will benefit Childhelp on Maui. This non-profit organization seeks to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.

The next night is all for Lahainaluna High School. There will be our regular menu with a $50 cover and Mick will play with Willie K and Island Rumours. All entry proceeds go to Lahainaluna."

The final opening event, on the 25th, will include entertainment with King Paris (aka Rick Vito) and The Hypnotics, featuring the Gentle Genie Giant on percussion. "There's no cover, it's open to the world, for people who love rock n' roll and want to be there," says Todd.

* Tickets for the Aug. 23rd benefit are $500 and $350, and include food and drink. There is a $50 cover charge for entertainment on the evening of the 24th, and a $25 donation for lunch on the same day. No cover on the 25th. There is also a private party on the 22nd with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. Call 669-Mick for more info. and reservations.

Full Article at Maui News

No mention of Stevie or John being there... Might Stevie fly over for the opening? She's got a bit of time before her road trippin' begins again mid-September??  John McVie's only one island over from Maui... Nonetheless, it's a big week ahead for Mick and his new restaurant.

Review: Lindsey Buckingham Live Friday in Baton Rouge

Photo Gallery The Manship Theatre
Buckingham brings big sound to solo concert
BY JOHN WIRT
Music critic
The Advocate

In the company of his Fleetwood Mac bandmates, Lindsey Buckingham typically performs for thousands of people in arenas. But he stood alone with his guitar Friday night on the stage of the 325-seat Manship Theatre.

Make that 11 guitars. In the course of a one-man show that lasted about an hour and 15 minutes, Buckingham played a different guitar for nearly every selection.

Not sharing the spotlight with such formidable singer-songwriters as Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, Buckingham gave himself plenty of acoustic and electric guitar solos. His florid accompaniment style is a marvel. Buckingham’s brilliant thumb-and finger-picking velocity recalls such classical guitar masters as AndrĂ© s Segovia and the furiously intense strumming and arpeggios of flamenco guitarists.

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Lindsey Buckingham
The Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA, 08/17/12
By Leslie Michele Derrough
Glide Magazine

Standing on a stage alone can be a very intimidating thing for a human to do. It takes courage and confidence to stand vulnerable with just a guitar and your voice. It also takes self-control, knowing when to wail and when to whisper.

Within the coziness of the 300-plus seat Manship Theatre, Lindsey Buckingham walked out with a seriousness that normally proceeds a symphony performance, picked up one of the dozen guitars he had lined up behind him, and took the audience on a carousel of notes with a staunch authoritativeness. If you were expecting a rock concert, you guessed wrong. Tonight Buckingham was in artiste mode, creating masterful chord changes with his bare fingers, forgoing a pick in favor of the intimacy a piece of flesh can convey.

Connoisseurs of Fleetwood Mac have known for years that there was more to Buckingham than his good looks and harmonically high lead vocals on such hits as “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop.” So for those expecting big hits brought out in a big way, Buckingham handed out instead delicacies from his oeuvre, songs both known and obscure, and remolded them on a different plane of existence within his usual musical realm.

Take for instance the Mac tune “Come.” Originally a mechanical adventure in steampunk bings and whistles, dipping into Mac-isms with a wink to the surreal, Buckingham took it apart and reorganized the chromosomes to become an aching beating heart of raw emotion, featuring a breathtaking solo.

“So Afraid,” another post-apocalyptic emotional breakdown that scorches in a Mac live show, has always been a Buckingham solo staple, and on this turn he seemed to bring it down just a half-beat slower for psychic emphasis on each note, building to a boiling point of pent-up soul sacrificing, exhausting it’s creator. It was simply – to pen an overly used word – amazing.

“Not Too Late,” “Shut Us Down” and the instrumental “Stephanie” harkened up folk-inspired melodies while “Go Your Own Way” and “Never Going Back Again” pleasantly pleased the more Mac pop hit loving oriented fans in the audience.
Buckingham wasn’t completely alone on stage. Although his fingers and voice provided 98% of what echoed through the room, there were some pre-recorded drums and backing instruments that enhanced several of the tunes. They never interfered with 

Buckingham’s choral interpretations; they merely added some flavor to an already marinating piece of music. “Big Love,” another one of Buckingham’s trademark concert spotlights, albeit done a bit more friskier than usual, and an electrifying “Go Insane,” brought the crowd to their feet, as did the aforementioned “Go Your Own Way.” Ending his barely over an hour set with a lovely “Trouble” and a confessional “Seeds We Sow,” he left the audience craving more, which is what any great artist hopes to accomplish. 

SETLIST: Cast Away Dreams, Bleed To Love Her, Not Too Late, Stephanie, Come, Shut Us Down, Go Insane, Never Going Back Again, Big Love, I’m So Afraid, Go Your Own Way ENCORE: Trouble, Seeds We Sow

TONIGHT! Catch Lindsey Buckingham flying solo at the Lutcher


The Lutcher Theater’s 2012-13 Season opens Sunday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. with An Intimate Evening with Lindsey Buckingham. 
by Brenda Cannon Henley
The Examiner

You might recognize this legendary performer from his years as the lead guitarist and soloist of Fleetwood Mac, a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, winner of countless awards, and as helping to define the sound of rock for the last three decades. He is the predominant musical force behind such popular Fleetwood Mac albums as “Rumours” and “Tusk.” His solo work has created such hits as “Trouble,” “Go Insane” and “Holiday Road.” Buckingham was with Fleetwood Mac from 1975 until 1987 and from 1997 to the present. Aside from his work with the group, Buckingham has released six solo albums and two live albums, and is known for his finger picking guitar style and wide vocal range.

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